Chicka Chicka Book Club

My son just turned two and loves practicing his letters and numbers, so we are really enjoying rereading some of the first books he received as a baby. I’ve always loved reading to him, but it’s so much more fun now that he can help read with me by pointing out letters and objects he recognizes. So while this month’s book club selection is a bit of a classic when it comes to kids’ books, it’s a great one to always have in your collection as your child grows and learns. Cheer on your favorite letters as they race to the top of the coconut tree, because we are reading “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom,” by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault.

chicka chicka boom boom

This fun, rhyming, alphabet of a tale is a great way to introduce and practice letters through a memorable story and colorful illustrations. When the different letters in the alphabet decide to have a friendly race to the top of the coconut tree, will there be enough room? Spoiler alert: No, and there are minor injuries.

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom!

Reading Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

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Things we liked about it:

  • A fun way to practice letters
  • A big board book version (you can also find smaller or paperback versions)
  • Colorful illustrations of letters
  • We love a good rhyme

Discussion questions:

  • What did A tell B?
  • How did P get a black eye?
  • Where is the ___? (Practice pointing to letters)
  • Can you sing your A,B,C’s?

Recommendations for Book Club pairings:

  • Letter crackers
  • Coconut water
  • Fruit
  • Coconut tree inspired snack: Large pretzel rod with apple slices for leaves

Follow up activities:

  • Put letter magnets on a fridge or magnetic surface
  • Coconut tree craft: Toilet paper or paper towel role with construction paper leaves and alphabet stickers
  • Alphabet flashcards and blocks
  • Practice writing, painting and coloring letters

Dare double dare you to not get this story stuck in your head!

What are your kids reading right now?

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